The Diary of a Young Girl (1947)

by Anne Frank

The basic outline of Anne Frank's story is well-known. 

A young Jewish girl was forced to go into hiding with her family and others during WWII in occupied Amsterdam.


After two years of concealment, they were betrayed to the Nazis.


Anne died in the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen before her 16th birthday.


She is generally seen as a figure of pity.


This was one of those books that I always meant to read and now, having finally gotten around to it, I find myself privileged to have met such an extraordinary person.


After such intimate contact with her most private thoughts, it really begins to feel that she is someone with whom I have spent some time. 

Anne was a talented writer, even at the ages of 13-15, and her diary presents a full portrait of a complex human being, not merely a noble sufferer. 

The nobility is certainly there, especially in the later entries, but so is the peevishness and self-centeredness of the teenage years.


She presents her inner world so clearly that it becomes plain that the world lost a great voice and perhaps a great writer when the Nazis murdered her.


This document is a powerful indictment of both the Holocaust and the tragedy of anti-Semitism in general.

"The Diary of Anne Frank" (Bengali)

"Diary" (Polish)

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"Diary of Anne Frank" (Marathi)

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"Anne Frank's Diary" (Indonesian)

"Diary of Anne Frank" (Slovenian)

"The Short Life of Anne Frank" (Dutch)

"The Diary of a Young Girl" (Malayalam)

"The Diary of Anne Frank" (Italian)

"Anne Frank's Diary" (Albanian)

"Diary of Anne Frank" (Estonian)

"Anne's Diary" (Chinese)

"Diary of Anne Frank" (Croatian)

"The Diary" (German)

"Anne Frank's Diary" (Turkish)

"The Diary of Anne Frank" (Greek)

"Diary of Anne Frank" (Arabic)

"The Diary of Anne Frank" (Vietnamese)

"Shelter: A Diary in Letters" (Russian)

"The Diary of Anne Frank" (Spanish)

"The Journal" (French)

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